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The Club has an active section of members who enjoy sea kayaking.

Plans are to further develop this section in 2021 and new paddlers of all abilities are welcome to participate. You don't need a boat to give paddling an initial try!

Contact via email: or raise a query on @CAYCWHITEHEAD public facebook for more information on plans for this section

2020 has seen a growth in members paddling, particularly women and parents which is great to see. Whilst children are sailing, they too can be on the water.

Development is also being seen in skillsets with several young members keen to become instructors.

A course is hoped to be organised when Covid-19 restrictions are eased. Also an in-house safety awareness is planned.

4 of our Members are progressing Leadership skills and certification.

Members of the Club interested in regular Kayaking on request are added to the What's App Kayaking Section group for informal chat and scheduling of paddles.

Events for 2019:-

Push the Boat Out: 11 May 2019

Taster sessions were available to members and non-members to try out canoeing.

Follow-on courses were offered to interested Members and Visitors.

Portmuck Paddle and BBQ: June 2019

Participants paddled from CAYC along the shore, passing the Gobbins, to Portmuck. A barbecue for all followed onshore with additional members joining along with a few other boats for an enjoyable afternoon.

Nightime Paddle - returning to CAYC by the stars!

It was hoped to have a nighttime paddle once the evenings stretched out, hopefully June, but the weather was not conducive.

Previous events have included

Paddle to Gobbins 26 December 2018

Portmuck Paddle June 2018

Push the Boat Out May 2018

Activity : Paddle to Backshore Islandmagee 28 January 2018

Activity: Great Boxing day paddle 2017

Formal courses are run on demand, including 1 star for beginners and those wishing for a refresher course or 2 star for those wishing to improve their skills, confidence and capability. There is also a possibility of running a foundation Safety and Rescue (1 day course) course which will address skills required in rescue situations etc.

Last updated 19:19 on 15 November 2021

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